January 23, 2015

Perfect Picture Book Friday - Snoozefest

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, everyone!

I have a delightful book to share with you today which is not about a groundhog.  But speaking of groundhogs (did you see how smoothly I slipped that in there? :)) if you missed yesterday's Special Edition Post (which you easily might have because I almost never post on Thursdays so why would you think to check?) about Phyllis's Birthday Bonanza (which you definitely will NOT want to miss!), hop on over and check it out HERE!  Join the fun and spread the word! :)

Now then.  Today's book.  Which is not about a groundhog.  But IS about a sloth :)

Title: Snoozefest
Written By: Samantha Berger
Illustrated By: Kristyna Litten
Dial, January 2015, Fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-5

Themes/Topics: bedtime, sleep, animals (sloths), language fun (rhyme and inventive vocabulary)

Opening: "In the center of Snoozeville, dwells the wee one, the sleepiest sloth, Snuggleford Cuddlebun.  Now, that sloth can sleep, for a month at a go. The few times she rises, she moves in slo-mo."

Brief Synopsis:  It's time for the annual Snoozefest at the Nuzzledome, an arena festival that celebrates sleep.  All the best sleepers attend.  Snuggleford Cuddlebun settles into a hammock with her blanket and pillow, her favorite stuffed animal and her best bedtime book, and a snack of milk and honey, ready to enjoy the show.  But will she?

Links To Resources: the author makes up some wonderful words in this story - what kind of words can you make up that sound just right to describe something you like to do (like sleeping, sledding, riding a bicycle, or any other activity)?; have your own snoozefest - make your room super comfy for sleeping, choose bedtimes stories, music, snacks, stuffed animals, pajamas and anything else that makes bedtime cozy for you.  You can even write up and decorate your own snoozefest program.  Have a lullaby sing-along and your own pajama fashion show!

Why I Like This Book:  How can you not love a book about a snoozefest that takes place at the Nuzzledome?  The text is full of delightful made-up words like "snoozillions" and "wumphiest" (as in "wumphiest, comfiest, coziest things" :))  There are designer pajamas by Diane Von Firstinbed and Louis Futon.  The snack vendors sell milk and honey.  The bands, with names like Chamomile Rage and the Nocturnal Nesters, play lullabies!  And everyone brings their nightlight from home :)  Adult readers will enjoy the spoof of music festivals.  The whole over-the-top celebration of bedtime is just flat out fun!  But you'll have to read it to find out what Snuggleford's experience of the show is :)

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF bloggers please be sure to leave your post-specific link in the list below so we can all come visit you and see what kind of amazingly wonderful entertaining books you chose this week.  It's supposed to snow... a good weekend to stock up on library books and spend the day reading :)

Have a great weekend, everyone!!! :)


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64 comments:

  1. An adorable PB about one of my favorite things I like to sneak in between work, parenting, writing and other stuff. How cute :-)

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  2. this sounds too cute - Snuggleford Cuddlebun! I love it!

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  3. This book sounds adorable. Can't wait to read it!

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  4. Oh I LOVE it! I Love made up words and it sounds like the ryhme is pitch perfect.too. I can't wait to read it which I will have to do at Slo-Mo pace.. I really mean fas-mo! Thanks for introducing this book to us, Susanna!


    I will put the link to Phylis's fun on my author page.. :)

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  5. Oh, you already have a copy of SNOOZEFEST, i can't wait to read it! Sam is a great writer and the illustrations look so smoochy.

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  6. Wow, I love the concept of this book, and I'm a sucker for fun, made up words. This is a good reminder for us to take our stories to new places!

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  7. A Snoozefest sounds just right to me! And I love those words -- and the pajama designers! What fun! I wasn't sure if the book I've featured had already been posted, as I haven't been able to participate in PPBF the way I'd like (Fridays are very busy days in the Land of Beth), but I just HAD to share this book!

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  8. It seems like sloths are HOT! I just read SPARKY (Offil) too. Plus I'm working on my own NF sloth book for the educational market. They are fascinating creatures. Thanks for putting this one on my radar.

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  9. Seeing a lot of buzz for this book! Considering it's a snoozefest, it's hopping! I have it on the list to find.

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  10. Where can I join the snoozefest. That sounds amazing! I just tried uploading an app that imitates Chrome so I can read your blogs on my Windows tablet. Unfortunately it only brings me to old posts and if I click the banner it opens a new tab without the chrome thing. Oh well I tried. I'll have to make an effort and get on the p.c. ;) Love your celebration idea for Phyllis :0)

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  11. Sounds WAY too cool. I have actually seen a sloth in the wild - and snoozefest is just right! The language and the tone of this sound perfect - and I am absolutely ready to join!

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  12. What a great name for a character -- especially a sloth! Great cover! Sounds like the story is packed with humor. What a great find. I love Berger's "Martha Doesn't Share" series.

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  13. I'm a Samantha Berger fan, so I'm looking forward to reading this,'course I'd read any sloth book. Yes, yes, and any groundhog book!

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  14. No, no! Not just ANY groundhog book! Only Phyllis!!! (Ooh - look how the green-eyed monster raised his nasty head - that Phyllis is a little possessive and demanding, isn't she?! :)) Seriously, you can read Phyllis AND Pat Miller's groundhog book :)

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  15. Yeah, she's awesomely talented! And I love that name too! :)

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  16. Wow - very cool! I've seen a slow loris in captivity, but not a sloth in the wild.

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  17. You are so kind to try, Catherine! I'm sorry my site is so stupid and poopy and troublesome! I hope you'll join the Phyllis fun - I thought of you because you are such a good poet! (Poetess?)

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  18. I LOVE Sparky! I did it for PPBF a while back - so great! How cool that you're working on a NF sloth book!

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  19. I actually had the opportunity to go the the Amazon rainforest with some middle-school aged kids (not my own) about 15 years ago. An absolutely unforgettable experience. Wrote about it for my local newspaper. Will always remember that sloth!

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  20. Can't wait to see it! And no worries - we have so many books on the list now I'm not nearly as militant about repeats as I used to be :) The current complete list (minus last week and this week because I haven't added them yet) is on perfectpicturebooks.blogspot.com where I was messing around with trying to come up with a new system. But now Stacy has a great idea and I'm looking into that...! :)

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  21. So true, Carrie! I mean, how can you not just love a word like "wumphiest"? It just sounds exactly like a puffy, cozy, cuddly pillow, doesn't it? :)

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  22. I agree on all counts! :) Hope you get to see it soon!

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  23. I'm glad you like it, Clar - it is a fun one! :) And thanks so much for sharing Phyllis!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  24. Please, tell P I said, take a chill pill with her tea and honey!

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  25. It is absolutely cute, Angela! Tons of fun :)

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  26. YOU tell her! I'm not getting on the wrong side of that gal! I have to live with her! :)

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  27. Oh, wow! What an experience! Lucky duck :)

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  28. This one sounds really, really sweet. Thanks for telling me about it.

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  29. It is sweet, Rosi - and clever and fun :) I think you'll like it :)

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  30. Oh this is a really cute story you have picked out. Must check it out as I'm into trying to make up words lately. ;) Happy weekend!

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  31. Love the story...reminds me of Dr. Seuss with the made up words and rhyme...and how clever to incorporate designer nightwear and a Woodstock vibe. :) Thanks for sharing this brand new book, Susanna!

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  32. Now you have to write a picture book about it, Joanne! Please do. ;)

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  33. What is it with sloths lately, huh? Before maybe a year ago, I don't ever recall reading a picture book starring a sloth, but now! lol...


    And I love really good, made up words of the wumphiest kind :)

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  34. Oh, I love books that make up words! I love the cover art, too. It feels very festive. But right now, I think I'm going to celebrate this book and have a snoozefest of my own. It's been a long week. Good night! Someone, please turn out the lights...

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  35. It's AMAZING, Vivian, that I never thought of doing that - but you are TOTALLY right. That just may be my February draft for 12 x 12! My mind is spinning!

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  36. Whoo-hoo! One of the tips that the PiBoIdMo guest posters reiterate is that the best stories come from our own experiences. I look forward to seeing your Amazon Adventure on library shelves one day, Joanne...they do say that visualizing your goal will help make it become a reality. ;)

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  37. Thanks, Vivian - and Susanna :) I need to "think through my life" for picture book ideas, I think. I have a few from thing that have happened to me, but I have never sat and pondered my life events that way. I'll bet I've got a bunch - bet EVERYONE does :D

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  38. You are so right, Joanne! I don't know if you are part of the Word by Word Book Club on Facebook, led by Meg Miller. We are just finishing delving into Anne Lamont's Bird by Bird...and one of the exercises she gives all of her students is to sit down and write about their childhood...every single thing, memory, experience they can remember...the color of the hair ribbons on your pig tails at your 6th birthday party...everything...she says when you do that, it expands your mind and you will eventually discover moments that will turn into books. ;)

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  39. I AM in the group - but I didn't do the homework. Shame on me LOL. Thanks for reminding me of that part. :)

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  40. That looks adorable! I can't say I've ever read a book about a sloth.

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  41. It really is a cute one, Stephanie! I hope you get a chance to read it!

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  42. Nighty-night, Jilanne - sweet dreams :)

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  43. I know! They're everywhere! Sloths are taking over the world! :) And that is a good made up word!

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  44. It really is clever - a lot of humor for adults to enjoy as they're reading this sweet bedtime tale to the kids!

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  45. I hope you like it, Diane! Good luck making up words - it's so much harder than it seems like it should be! Have a great weekend too :)

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  46. This book looks adorable! I love the cover and your review made me write it down on my list. I definitely want to check out this picture book. :)

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  47. I hope you like it, Jess! It's very clever and fun :)

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  48. Mike Allegra writerJanuary 25, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    You had me at "sloth."

    The fact that his name is Snuggleford Cuddlebun is just an extra dollop icing on the cake.

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  49. I know, isn't that awesome?! I wish I had that knack for making up perfect names!

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  50. What a cute cover. Love the "slo-mo" line.

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  51. Ah me! I'm ready for a snoozefest! I'm going for some slo-mo slothful living these days. I'll have to check this book out! Thanks Ms Hill!

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  52. Hi Susanna,
    I wanted you to know that I think your blog RAWKS! I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Go to my blog to see: http://wp.me/pab6o-o0

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  53. Aw! Thank you, Tracey! That means so much to me! I so appreciate it! I think your blog rawks too :)

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  54. I hope you enjoy it, Rhythm. It might make you drowsy, so be sure you have your comfy pillow and blanket nearby :)

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  55. I have been wanting to read this. Sounds like such a great book. Thanks for giving me a peek with your review and for sharing those fun words!!! I listened to Samantha Berger on Matthew Winner's Let's Get Busy podcast. It was great!

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  56. Oh, I bet it was! She seems like a hoot!

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